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Old 01-13-2010, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I will be moving to CO from Florida this year, and am trying to figure out where to live. What are everyone favorite mountains near Denver? I will be working in both Loveland and Denver, so a central location would be best. My main criteria for my new 'home' mountain are 1. price 2. crowds and 3. trees / hiking access to inbounds off trail trees and what not, park access no biggie for me at all. I just love booking down groomers and spraying powder inbetween trees. thanks guys, I am very jealous of all of you who get to ride every season, and can't wait to join you on the hill.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you'd be all about Loveland. The trees aren't all that great, but the price is tough to beat and the crowds are definitely the thinnest of all the resorts within a reasonable drive of Denver.

How much of your work will be in Loveland? How much in Denver? Depending on where in Denver and the hours you're working, that's a helluva distance there. Unfortunately, pretty much everything between the two sucks. That northern I-25 corridor area sucks.
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Your problem is that you can't be close to everything out there. Living in Lafayette would probably be your best bet. That way you'll be between Loveland and Denver, with fastest access to Boulder.

All the slopes will still be at least ~1.5 hours away, but compromises have to be made. The city of Loveland is halfway to Wyoming from Denver.
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Loveland is a little closer than half way but yeah it's further from the resorts.

30-40 minute drive to Loveland from Denver. If you are splitting time equally between the two spots. Lafayette is a good option, Longmont would also work and may have better highway access for you.

If you are not spending a majority of your time in Loveland, I'd say find a place in the North Denver area. So North Denver (duh), Westminster, Northglenn, Thorton are all spots on the north side of town. Stay away from Commerce City like it has the plague.

As far as resorts go, you got the whole Loveland, Keystone, Breck, Winterpark, Copper, A-Basin thing. Vail and Beaver creek are in the mix too. The problem lies in the fact they are all off of I70, the only area that isn't is Eldora and it sucks. Echo Mtn is also off of 70 but it's before the shit show, it's also pretty much an ice rink. I think they average just over 100" of snow a year compared to the other resorts that average at or over 300".
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Totally agree with Killclimbz on staying away from Commerce City, I work in Commerce City, it's aweful.
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The area I'd be looking at hard as far as living would be Superior/Louisville. If you have to live "down the hill" and in the northern metro area, that's about as good as it gets in my opinion. Overpriced, but that's because of what I just said.
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Superior and Louisville are nice places. For the mon-fri commute to Denver or Loveland it could be a real pita though. Out of all the places I'd actually prefer to live in North Denver. Probably around/near Regis. Something about the urban environment there is tons better than anything in Louisville/Boulder area. Of course this is coming from a guy who lives in the 'burbs, so take it with a grain of salt...
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I couldn't do that area around Regis. Just west of Regis isn't that bad, but bordering the east side of campus is the straight up barrio. You want to stay as far away from Federal (and Colfax) as you can for the most part.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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thanks for the replies. I will be working mostly in denver for about 6 months and then be goign to loveland awith the occasional day or two in denver. so the commute wont be horrid. My brother actually lives in louiseville and its really nice, but a pit on the pricey side, like you said. I guess ill just find somewhere in denver and then try and move closer to loveland when I start working out there. thanks again guys.
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